ICMI 2012 chairs' welcome

Justine Cassell, Julien Epps, Louis-Philippe Morency, Dan Bohus, Hamid Aghajan

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    Welcome to Santa Monica and to the 14th edition of the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012. ICMI is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development. We had a record number of submissions this year: 147 (74 long papers, 49 short papers, 5 special session papers and 19 demo papers). From these submissions, we accepted 15 papers for long oral presentation (20.3% acceptance rate), 10 papers for short oral presentation (20.4% acceptance rate) and 19 papers presented as posters. We have a total acceptance rate of 35.8% for all short and long papers. 12 of the 19 demo papers were accepted. All 5 special session papers were directly invited by the organizers and the papers were all accepted. In addition, the program includes three invited Keynote talks. One of the two novelties introduced at ICMI this year is the Multimodal Grand Challenges. Developing systems that can robustly understand human-human communication or respond to human input requires identifying the best algorithms and their failure modes. In fields such as computer vision, speech recognition, and computational linguistics, the availability of datasets and common tasks have led to great progress. This year, we accepted four challenge workshops: the Audio-Visual Emotion Challenge (AVEC), the Haptic Voice Recognition challenge, the D-META challenge and Brain-Computer Interface challenge. Stefanie Telex and Daniel Gatica-Perez are co-chairing the grand challenge this year. All four Grand Challenges will be presented on Monday, October 22nd, and a summary session will be happening on Wednesday, October 24th, afternoon during the main conference. The second novelty at ICMI this year is the Doctoral Consortium—a separate, one-day event to take place on Monday, October 22nd, co-chaired by Bilge Mutlu and Carlos Busso. The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide Ph.D. students with an opportunity to present their work to a group of mentors and peers from a diverse set of academic and industrial backgrounds and institutions, to receive feedback on their doctoral research plan and progress, and to build a cohort of young researchers interested in designing multimodal interfaces. All accepted students receive a travel grant to attend the conference. From among 25 applications, 14 students were accepted for participation and to receive travel funding. The organizers thank the National Science Foundation (award IIS-1249319) and conference sponsors for financial support.
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    Title of host publicationProceedings ICMI'12: 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
    EditorsLouis-Philippe Morency, Dan Bohus, Hamid Aghajan, Antinus Nijholt, Justine Cassell, Julien Epps
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1467-1
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2012
    Event14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012 - Santa Monica, United States
    Duration: 22 Oct 201226 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 14

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    Conference14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012
    Abbreviated titleICMI
    CountryUnited States
    CitySanta Monica


    • METIS-289692
    • IR-83357
    • Gesture recognition
    • Multi-modal interaction
    • Affective Computing
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Physiological computing
    • Human Factors
    • EWI-22248
    • Child Computer Interaction

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